Students at West Texas A&M University will have the chance to earn an embedded associate degree while on their road to a bachelor’s degree with a new plan that was recently approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

School officials say that eight new degree programs will take effect within the plan, including Liberal Arts and Multidisciplinary Studies and Associate Arts degree programs in business, Education, Health Sciences, and Mathematics.

The associate of science in mathematics program will take effect in fall 2024 while the other seven programs will begin in spring 2025, according to officials.

 WT officials say the new program is partly financial to help students combat indebtedness.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor, according to WT, reported that individuals with associate degrees earn nearly 14% more in average weekly earnings.